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08:18 AM ET 03.06 | Trades are an option for the Minnesota Wild, but GM Chuck Fletcher has enough of those options that it's difficult to know which way to go. [Fletcher is] working internally to determine whether he will try to sign any of his potential unrestricted or restricted free agents to extensions. If unsigned, Matt Cullen, Niklas Backstrom and Pierre-Marc Bouchard can become completely free July 1 and are the type of players who playoff contenders typically pursue as "rentals" at the deadline. ... If the Wild is still in the playoff race, the team would be less likely to trade a veteran such as Cullen or its No. 1 goalie, Backstrom. "It's great to have all these kids, but it's still a hard league for 20- and 21-year-old kids," Fletcher said.

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March 6, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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BEST GOALIE FACE

Period

March 6, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Tough spot for the team and Wild fans to be in. I'm worried that Fletch is going to say, "we owe it to our fans to make a run at the playoffs," and then we miss by 4 points, end with a later draft pick and no extra picks acquired from trades, but all the while talking about the "momentum" we built up for next year and how we are developing a winning culture. Thier big issue as I see it is Parise and Koivu are not up to where they should be, Backstrom is in the last year of his contract and needs a change in scenary and my god Grandlund you were on the ice for 3 goals last night get it together man.

March 6, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I hope they trade away their future so that their albatross contracts are all left on some playoff-less island for years & years to come.

March 6, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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BEST GOALIE FACE

I think we came to the conclusion it was a wet-fart expression.

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March 6, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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Believe my take was it's the "ze Fuhrer is not going to like zis" face..

Nailed it, best quote for that photo by far

March 6, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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I HOPE the Wild miss the play-offs.....more than any other team.

more than the Habs?

March 6, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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BEST GOALIE FACE

Looks like he had one too many burritos overloaded with re-fried beans.

March 6, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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He's like " god dammit..i think i just sharted "

He isnt quite old enough to subscribe to the "never trust a f_art" philosophy

March 6, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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I hope they trade away their future so that their albatross contracts are all left on some playoff-less island for years & years to come.

These words should be written on a hallmark card and sent to me.

March 6, 2013  12:32 PM ET
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These words should be written on a hallmark card and sent to me.

When you care to send the very bust, er, best

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March 6, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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BEST GOALIE FACE

He looks like he spent A Weekend At Bernie's.

March 6, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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Habbies are making it in..i want my boys to destroy them in the play-offs.....

there we go. I feel the same, except the result will be a 7 game nail-biter taken by the good guys...

then Clode can cry about the ghosts...

March 6, 2013  01:51 PM ET
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He's like " god dammit..i think i just sharted "

Great word. My brother and I used to call those "water balloons".

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March 6, 2013  02:34 PM ET
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Yup it'll be a good 1....a couple more games and we're at the half way point!! Didnt think we'd be here to be honest...thought the season was toast.

Amen to that. When it got past Christmas I thought this season was kaput. Way we've been playing (last night not included) I wouldn't have been too disappointed.

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